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Posted on: August 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force Meeting Scheduled for August 7

The first meeting of the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force has been scheduled for the morning of Friday, August 7. This virtual meeting is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 


“Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken and I are excited to facilitate this initial meeting for the task force,” said BBPH Director Renae Moch. “We are looking forward to bringing together a variety of experts in different fields to prevent and mitigate community spread of COVID-19 in Burleigh and Morton Counties.”


Burleigh and Morton Counties have had some of the state’s highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The two counties accounted for 344 of the state’s active cases of, and 210 of the 800 cases reported within the last week. 


A steering committee has been established to help lead the task force. 


Individuals part of this effort include: 

  • Renae Moch, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Director
  • Steve Bakken, Bismarck Mayor
  • Erin Ourada, Custer Health Administrator
  • Cody Schulz, Morton County Commission Chair
  • Tammy Miller, State of North Dakota COO
  • Vern Dosch, State of North Dakota Contact Tracing Administrator

Other members at-large include: 

  • Jerry Woodcox, Burleigh County Commission Chair
  • Gerarld Wise, Lincoln Mayor
  • Tim Helbling, Mandan Mayor
  • Andrew Stahl, State of North Dakota Interim State Health Officer

The task force is comprised of five different subcommittees: 

  • Healthcare / Testing Strategy / Contact Tracing
  • Educational Institutions and Activities
  • Underserved Populations / Wraparound Services
  • Business Community
  • Public Education & Awareness

For ongoing response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer your questions. You may call 1-866-207-2880, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with questions. Please note that individuals seeking specific medical advice should contact their healthcare provider.


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